We are very pleased  to announce the appointment of Leslie Koch as the new President of the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center, currently under construction at the World Trade Center. Koch succeeds Maggie Boepple, the Perelman’s current President who has worked on the project since 2012.

Leslie is best known for her tenure as President and CEO of the Trust for Governors Island from 2006 to 2016. Under her leadership, Governors Island was transformed from an abandoned military base to a vibrant public space, with an extraordinary new park, up to date infrastructure, a mix of year round tenants and an innovative array of arts and cultural programs. 

We also want to take this opportunity to express our profound gratitude to Maggie Boepple for more than seven years of tireless work and dedication. We are fortunate that Maggie will continue to serve as an advisor.

Leslie will work in close partnership with our Artistic Director Bill Rauch, to bring the vision for culture and this building to life and to ensure that the Perelman is a vital part of our city’s cultural landscape.

Please see the press release as well as The New York Times brief.

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center is


a new kind of multidisciplinary venue for the next generation of audiences and artists, offering the latest space and technological opportunities to create original work in theater, dance, music, and chamber opera, unlike anywhere else in New York City.